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2012
May
8
 
 
Maurice Sendak died Tuesday at age 83, and the media are paying proper tribute – if you know where to look, and listen. Tuesday’s edition of NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross is devoted to Sendak, and includes a crushingly tender and raw interview. Then there are the folks at Moyers & Company, who distributed this full-length program from NOW in which Moyers talks to Sendak – and begins the interview by quoting what Joseph Campbell told Moyers about the hidden message of Where the Wild Things Are. – DB
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
7
 
 
The new BBC America miniseries White Heat kicks off on Wednesday, May 9 at 10/9c, as part of the Dramaville series. Taking up where The Big Chill left off, it's a retrospective story about seven diverse London flatmates who meet during the political heat of 1965, and return after word that one of them has passed away. Events of the late 20th century serve as the backdrops. --EG
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
3
 
 
The 21st Century reboot of the Sherlock Holmes saga returns for its second season on PBS this Sunday night, May 6th on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Season 2.  It adapts all the brilliance of Holmes affected deductive powers and his oddball relationship with Dr. Watson, but with all the modern tech tools at their disposal. (Watson is a blogger now.) See David's recommendation here. --EG
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
30
 
 
Last year, Craig Ferguson and his cronies went to France for a week of freewheeling, genre-bending talk shows. The week of May 14, he does it again, this time in Scotland. He checks in on his home town of Cumbernauld, and presents some serious interviews, as well as lots of comic nonsense, along the way...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
27
 
 
George Harrison: Living in the Material World, the brilliant Martin Scorsese HBO documentary on Beatle George Harrison, is available on DVD and Blu-ray May 1. Scorsese conducted extensive new interviews with Beatles contemporaries Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono; other musicians, such as Eric Clapton; and Harrison's widow, Olivia and son, Dhani. We loved the two-part documentary here, and then, here again. As a treat, here's the Beatles' last live performance...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
25
 
 
In honor of today's pick in THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY, here are the opening credits to China Beach, the wonderful 1988-91 ABC series that made a star of Dana Delany, playing a combat nurse in Vietnam who thrives on the friendships and meaning, and even chaos, she finds there. And Delany, now the star of the same network's Body of Proof, isn't the only now-familiar face here...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
22
 
 
Ah, yes, perhaps the most delightfully deranged show ever aired by Fox or any other network -- the 1996 classic, 'Profit' starring Adrian Pasdar as a corporate climber who gives new meaning to the word sociopath. These promos nicely hint at its dark and droll wit. (Hard to find on out-of-print DVD, but worth the search!)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
21
 
 
And now here is your weekend moment of zen . . . actually, a half-hour of zen: Comic innovator Ernie Kovacs' legendarily visual "Eugene" special, made just before his 1962 death. Today, we're used to all kinds of video tricks, but 50 years ago, Ernie was a pioneer, playfully expanding the TV medium with imaginative glee. Take a time trip that continues to delight . . . - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
20
 
 
Filmmaker Angelo Guglielmo describes his personal involvement with the title subject of his mesmerizing 9/11 fallout documentary The Woman Who Wasn't There (Friday 8-9:30 p.m. ET, Investigation Discovery). More in FOR BETTER OR WERTS review at left. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
14
 
 
More on "Girls"? Yes, but this is straight from the big guns behind HBO's new Sunday comedy buzz-magnet -- writer/director/star Lena Dunham and executive producer Judd Apatow. - DW
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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